THE AMERICAN"VIOLA SOCIETYChapter or
THE INTERNATIONAL VIOLA SOCIETY
A~sociation for the Promotion of Viola Performarice ~nd Research
M.arch NEWSLETTER 211-
OFFICERS XI International Viola Congress XIMaurice W. RileyPresi~ent The XI International Viola Congress will be
Myron Rosenblum held on the campus of The University of Houston,Past Presinent Houston, Texas, June 2 ~ 5, 1,g3. All viola
DWight Pounds enthuwlasts are urged to attend this Congress.Vice President An outstanding group of artists will perform,
Ann Woodward 'ncluding Luigi ~lanchiJ Wayne Crouse, NobukoTreasurer Ima!, Milton Katims, Paul Neubauer (winner of
Harold Klatz Tertia Competition), Samuel Rhodes, Thoma. RieblSecretary (Naumburg Competition Winner), Yizhak Bchotten,
EXECUTIVE BOARD Geraldine Walther (Primrose Competition winner},David Dalton and Lawrence Wheeler.Paul Doktor Karen Tuttle will offer a Master Class forMilton Katims talented viola students. CharmlanGadd, violinist,Louis Klevman will appear in a duet recital with Yizhak Schotten.Donaln McInnes Thea Musgrave, oomposer, will conduct one of herRobert Oppelt compositions which features the viola. MiltonJoseph de Pasquale Katime will give a lec~ure recital on MTheRobert Slaughter challenge of the Bach Suites."Thomas Tatton There will be performances of new works byFrancis Tursi Thomas ~enjamln, Paul Cooper, Maurice Gardner,
COORnINATOR WITH Michael Horvit, and David Ashley White.THE CANADIAN Michael Williams will lecture on "18thVIOLA SOCIETY Century Viola Concerti. Other speakers and their
A. Baird Knechtel . subjects are Myron Rosenblum, "The American Viola, . -- dlAmore Societ~,~Normatl Pickering, "The Violin
Society.of :America"; David Dalton, "Thl William Primrose InternationalViola Archives"; and Ma~r1ce W. Riley, "Vi.ola works written originallytorthe lnstrument,within the technical range of young students. M
Everyone who likes to play chamber music should bring their violasand join in the "Play-Along," under the direction of Thomas Tatton.
There will be an exhibit. of violas made by con.temporary makers. Thi8exhibit is under the able direction of Eric Chapman, Past President ofthe Violin Society of America.
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3Meet Milton Katims, the Host of the XI Congre~s
Milton Katims, one of America's most brilliant musicians, is a dynamic conductor and :oneof the world's foremost violists. Among his .many. accomplishments' Katims is well knownfor his now legendary achievement as Music Director-Conductor of the Seattle Symphony.Harold Schonberg wrote in the NEi YORK TIMES, "Mr. Katims ~d been brought to Seattletrom New York and he did great things, turning a prQvincial group into a real symphonyorchestra" establishing the name of Milton Katims in that rare firmament of conductingstars whose names are recognized in the world of music. Maestro Katimsis presentlythe Artistic Director of the School of lthsic at the University of Houston.
Born 1909, raised and educated in New York City of Hungarian-Russian parentage. Katimsbegan his musical career &s a violist. It was his prowess as a violist which firstbrought him to the attention of the famed Italian maestro Arturo Tosca.nini,' who e~.gagedhill as first-desk violist of. the great NBC Symphony. Very short17 thereafter Toscaninibecame Katims' mentor inviting him to guest conduct his renowned orchestra in more thaDfifty coast to coast broadcasts.
These"broadcasts led to invitations to guest conduct many sympboQ7 orchestras in theUnited States. among them the New York Philharmonic. the Philadelphia Orchestra, ,BostODSymphoQ7. Cleveland Orchestra and the Houston S7Dlphony. OUtside America lata. hasdirected the Israel Philharmonic, the Japan Philharmonic and orchestras in LondoD. PariBrussels, Madrid, Barcelona, Florence, Oslo, Bergen, Helsinki, Caracas and Montreal.
Among the orchestras with which Katims has appeared as viola soloist are the !BC Sympho~.mostly Mozart at Lincoln Center, the Buffalo Philharmonic. the Nat10Dal Symphony orMadrid, the Casals Festival Orchestra, and festivals in Menton and La Jolla. For III8.D7years he was the "fifth" member of the famous Budapest String Quartet in concerts andrecordings. Along with Alexander SChneider, violinist, Frank 'Miller, 'cellist. andMieczyslaw Horszowski, pianist, Katims formed the New York Piano Quartet whichconcertized and recorded extensively. Affiliations with other great artists or themusic world inclUde such names as Arthur Rubinstein, Pablo Casals. Rudolf Serkin andIsaac Stern.
Katime' versatility can be seen, not only in his extensive symphonic repertoire, butalso in the field of opera, ranging from the standard to contemporary works tor themusic theatre. Milton Katims was instrumental in the founding of the Seattle Opera.
As conductor and as violist Maestro Katims has made many critically acclaimed recordinssfor RCA, Columb~a and Vox. Television audiences have enjoyed seeing-him in the dual rolesof solo violist and conductor in the nationally distributed prize-winning TV special"Mozart in Seattle" which also features famed violinist Henryk Szeryng.
DISCOGRAPHY OF. MILTON KATIMS
SUderburg Piano Concerto with Bela Siki, pianist - Seattle SymphonyRiJDsky-Korsakov - "Sadko - Seattle SymphonyShostakovich - Ballet Suite ttGolden Age" - Seattle SymphonyGliere - Suite "Red Poppy" - Seattle SymphonyGould - "Venice" - Seattle SymphonyGould - "Vivaldi Gallery" - Seattle SymphonyHindemith - "Metamorphosis" - Seattle SymphonyDohnany1 - SUite in F minor - Seattle SymphonyDohna..ny1 - "Variations on a Nursery Twle lt with Bela Siki, pianist - Seattle Symphony
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Tilla-IDbo. - stz-iDs !rio with Alexander SchDeider, Yiolin aDd frank Miller, 'celloBe.~ - Serenade tor Flute, Violin aDd Viola with John W~r. flute,
Alexander ScbDI1der, violin
Debu87 - Sonata tor Plute, Harp, aDd Viola with John WWlMr. flute;aDd Laura Nevell. harp
IQettler - '!'vo Rhapsodie8 for" Piano, Oboe. and Viola With D1JDitr1 M1tropoulu8, piaDolHarold ao.berg.oboe
la1IN - Pirat P1&Do ~tet, Op. 15 - New York Piano Quartet(Bor8~slc1, SChneider. KatiJIs. and M1l1er)
Mart1ml - P1aDO ~t.t - lfev York ~t.tCop1aD4 - P1aDo Quartet- New York Quartet
MDsar" - P1aDD ~tet in G Minor - New York Quartet
BM'tbDTeIi - P1aDD ~t8t in E-i'lat Major - New York Quartet
Mrsart - Viola ~tet8 in B-Plat Major. G Minor, D Major, aDdC 1tLDo2 - with Budapest String ~t.t
Dwonk - Viola ~t.~ - with Budapest Qaartet
SObn~ - C MaJor ~t.t - Stern, SCbnelder, Kaiims, Casals, TortelierBzUII8 - Viola ~tet in G Major - Stern, Schneider, lCatiJIs, Tho..., 1'0187
BrabJIa - P1aDO ~ter in C Minor - SZ1pt1, Katims, Tortelier, ItlJra Be8.JIID~ - P1aDD ~t.'t in :s-nat Major - Stern, lCat1ms, Miscba Schneider, IstoJl1DBrabIu - sextet in B-tlat Major - Stern. Schneider, Katims, Thomas, Casal8,
Pu.blicatioD8 by Milton KatiJIs
Tzulscrip!10D11 and alitiona tor Viola
J.S. Bach - - Six 'Cello Suit
BoccberiDi - - Sonata 1'0. 6 in A
~ - - SODatas No. 1 and No. 2 Ope 120.
~ - - ~D8;t.D8&t. (Scherzo)
. Corelli - - Sonata 111 d IIinor
Debu87 - - Beau Sou~bwl87' - - RoJaDce
Bool.. - - SoData in g II1nor
Paure - - Aprea un Reve
Handel - ... Sonata in B IIinor
Juan - - Sonata in D JlBjor
Marcello - Sonata in F ..jarSonata in g minor
Mendelssohn - SoD&' Without Word.
MOor - - Prelude op. 12'Na.rd.ini -' Sonata in D ..jar
Purcell - ... Aria
Sohubert - ... "Arpegg1one" Son.
Telemann - Concerto in G ..jor
Vivaldi - Sonata in g IIl1Dor
rata. hall written article. for the N. Y. Times SUnd.q MapziDe,the Sa~ KeY!w ot LiteratureJ and the MJ.810 Journal.Article on Milton Xatime was extracted from British Viola SocietyNew.letter 115, pp. 7-g.
The William Primrose Memorial Scholarship Fund
Recent contribution. have brought the total amount collectedfor the Willia. Primrose Scholarship Fund to t 3,702.77. Th18 doe.not include interest. Names of donors who were not included in thelist in the November NEWSLETTER '23 are:
Ishaq Arazl, ~loomington,MN Zub1n and Nancy Mehta"The:!eln & Fush1, Chicago, II New York Philharmonic,Marcia !ettigole~.Wl111amsvll1e,NY Lincoln Center,NYwalter R. Derlackl. Meroer Ieland,VA Margaret pardee, Weltbury,HYJames R. Hanna, Lafayette,LA Robert Radmer, DUluth,MNAlbert Hirtz , Pittsburgh, PA Samuel Rhode., Ing,lewood, HJHenry Lain1, San Joee,eA Myron Rosenblum, lunnY.1de,NY
Mr. and Mrs. Gordon L. Tracy-, - London, Ont. Canada
Steven wernick, .Bristol,CT
Emanuel Vardl, violist, appeared recently in recital in PrOe,utah, in a concert series to honor the memory ot William Pr1mroMr. Vardl, a member of The American Viola Society, has made m&D1contributions to the viola. as a performer, as a oompor, and a.s conductor. Under the Musioal Heritage label two work. tor violaand, piano are of particular merlt: Suite tor Viola and Plane byRalph'vaughn Williame, and Sonata for Vlora-and Piano- Dy IIr ~hur!liss. Vardl is aseisted by Frank-welneto9k-rn these reoordlns-.In his performances and in hierecordlng8~naB done ,much to p~omot.the late Tibor Berly's compositions for viola.
The Viola d'Amore Societ~
Several members of the American Viola loclety have asked howthey could obtain information about The American-Viola d'AmoreSociety. Direct inquiries to one ot the CO~Direotor8 of the,eol.'l:
Dr. Myron Rosenblum, 39-23 47th street J lunny.ide, NY 111011-Dr. Daniel Thompson, 10'17 Pickford Way, Culver City, OA ,0230.
Dr. Thompson is the author of a fl)1'~' book, The Viola d' AIDore Mtal10of Karl stamitz (1'7'), which ca~ be purohaii! from the author.~.R'OSenblum will lecture, and answer question_,eone-ra1ns .2heViola dlAmore Society at the XI vlola Congre in Kau.fon.
We have recently received for perusal a manuscript and a ott.of'& new and significant Sonata for Viola and Piano by lebastianCurrier. In this piece the composer demonstrates a fine creativetalent, and a knOWledge of the expressive capabilities or the viola.The composition, although in a modern idiom, 1s not avant-garde,but 1s in the general tonal areaof works by Prokofiev and !artok.To obtain a score and cassette write to Mr. Currlerat , SecondStreet, North Providence, R.I., 02'11.
6Tribute to Franois de Beaumont
Harold Coletta ~ 5 Old Mill Road, West Nyack, N.Y 10994
22 November 1982
I've written to the family of dear Fran~ois de Beaumont. The news of hisdeath is terribly distressing.
He leaves a son, David, only twelve years old, his dear wife, and his motherand father, a ret~d University of Geneva professor.
The story of my association with Dr. Beaumont developed as a result of hisindefatigable interest in searching for every recording ever made by violaplayers throughout the world. This end~our took almost all of this freetime (he maintained a busy practice as a physcian). His passion and deepinterest in the viola came after he heard William Primrose play in Geneva,where Francois was a student at the time.
He obtained a copy of my recording of the Hindemith Sonatas, and contactedYale University's School of Music to get in touch with me. My wife and Ienjoyed a most hospitable week~nd at his home in Neuchatel~ a year later.
Fransois' wife had boug~t a viola for him, which hung on the wall in themagnificent 1520 family home. This was in a baronial room, with a coat--of-arms over a six-foot tall fireplace, and ancient chestnut beams exposedin the ceiling. He asked me to play on his viola for him, and he seemdtouched when I preformed the D minor cello suite, Adagio, of Bach. It wasthen that he stated he couldn't play. ~ow you know what a sweet wife heleft~
The growth of our friendship came over a few years, much of it throughcorrespondence. While at his home, it was Dr. Beaummt and Mr. Coletta.But as more letters were exchanged, he began calling me "Harold in USA", andI in turn "Dear Francois" .
bnclosed in a photograph of Francois and me, taken by my wife while wesaid "Au revoir" - never to see him again.
We viola players owe a great debt to Dr. Beaumont for his Djscographie:L'Alto et ce Interpretes.
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OBITUARY PAL LUKACS.Q919-:-l981)by (SABA EROELYI
'PalLukaCs, the great Hungarian viola pla)le.r died on the 22nd ofr1ay in his native Budapest.
Viola.players are a much .moY.'e .closely-knit -(i1nlily than violinists or cellists. BrunoGiuranna once spoke jokingly about '~the Viola r~ihf-ia". It is understandable when youthink that the viola. fami ly-.tree .has only started to grow at the turn of this century andit has comparatively few branches. The s.j'lilbol of family tree ;s so accurate that hadLionel Tertis/ the great-grandfather of .viula players/ not played the viola, Pal Lukacswould not have taken it U;J and I myself, together with ,dozens of other Hungarian violaplayers would pursue other careers, perhaps that.of an officer in the Hungarian People'sArmy.
Lukacs studied violin and singing at.the LisztAcademy in Budapest. His violin teacherwas Waldbauer whose famous quartet inspired Bartok to write for them. The great turningtJoint in Lukacs's musical life came in the bitterly cold winter' of 1935 when LionelTertis and Clifford Curzon arrived.to Budapest to playa recital. They were notkno~/n toHungarian audiences and the concert hall was nearly empty. The stupendous viola tone,the power of expression and .the magnificient technique so impressed the young Lukacs thatthere.and then he decided to dedicate his life to this beautiful but neglected instrument.
Based.on the teaching of the.Waldbauer violin school Lukacs developed his own new methodof viola playing. He rightly thought that violin technique-cannot.be applied to theviola, .. as essentially different balance and different movements .are required. by the natureof this. larger instrument .
.After. the war when the.Li.szt .. Academy reopened, Lukacs became the fi rst ever vi 01 aprofessor at the institute ... He has .. become the Tertis of Central Europe, fighting for therecognition of the v;ola.,.comm;ss;oning new works, inspiring .everyone with his \\larm,sweet tone. Whereas teaching was .Dot .really a.strong part of.Tertis character, Lukacswas .one.of the great pedagogues.of thi.s century. He set out to train viola players tobecome-totally-professional.and_he.had the gift of teaching soloist talents to becomewinners. ' He was a real.~fatber-figure with.abundant love and .interest in his pupils.Wben some of :us wereprepari.ng .. for, an .international .competition s \-/e went to his home everyday fo~ .lessons free of charge. He frequently travelled the country looking for talent.When he found a young .musician with promise, he used his influence in the Ministry ofCultu~e and in the orchestras to help. The orchestral managers .relied on him to sendwell-trained young viola.players to.improve the standard.
I vJas Lukacs's pupil for 5 years. At the beginning I was a stiff, inhibited player \,ithonly ideas to keep me going. During the 5years I received 2 lessons every week, learnedall the major viola works in depth, attended his "Methodlika ll classes and became p~izewinner .in three international competitions. There were many of us like that: L~sz16Barsony) Zoltan Toth, Sandor Papp,. Gabor Ormai) Geza Nemeth - all internationallyrenowned competition winners, travelling soloists.
Lukacs was a patriot, deeply ~ooted in his native land. This type of emotion I have notcome .across in the Western world. When I came to live in England, our relationship wentthrough.a very difficult phase..He was upset because he wanted to breed viola playersfor Hungary. He was afraid that I would become a rootless drifter and lose my soul.(Ne.vertheless .he helped me to get .the necessary documents .to get out of Hungary). Inlater_years I was .able. to.pacify.him by returning frequently to play in Hungary and toshow~my .love and.respect .. When I last saw him .he asked me to forgive (~) him forhaving .been. difficuJt. Sucb_a .human .. being \~Jas Pal Lukacs~
He has never been to Eng~and becal'se' he 'was never invited. He mostly travelled inEastern. Europe .~nd o~ass lonally tr Ger.lDany ,. .Swi tzerl and, Ita ly. Apart from ho1di n9m9ster class~s.:ln Welmar, ~e ha~ (nlytaught in Hungary. He frequently had foreignstudent~ comlng to study wlth hlm.. His records and.writings made him famous in theprofesslon. All my .pupi~s .are,.using his IIExercises in change of position ll which isthe most comprehenslve system of.shifting~and.fingering that I know.
Pal Lukacs has done .gigantic_wQ['k for. the .viola. I would like to ask all my colleaguesto pause ~for .a .minute.~reflectiDg.. on him.
The above Obituary appeared in the British'15, pp. 7-g.. Viola Society Newsletter,
Gyula !ando Viola Concerto
Oscar Raoul lotti, Professor ~er1tus of Viola, University ofArizona, has sent us the manuscript'l:'to Musics para Viola l. Orchestra,dedicated to Professor lott1 andoomposed by Dro Gyula Banda. lott1writes "I performed this composition at the Teatro Baralt in Maracaibo,Venezula in 1'51, .when the ink was still fresh. The piece is technicallyvery difficult and has a distinct Hungarian flavor. I really enjoyedthe ohallenge and the loose style. I think that it should be known andperformed." For more information about obtaining this work write toProfessor lotti, 7007 Eo Soyaluna Place, Tucson, Arizona 85715.
David Owens Opus
An excerpt has been sent to us of a Concerto for Viola andOrohestra by David OWens. It is dedicated to Franc~TursiJ Professorof Viola at The Eastman School of Music. The excerpt shows theConcerto to be an exciting work. To obtain this piece write to DavidOwens, Ig15 Beacon street, 5roolllne, MA 021460
Maurice Gardner Sonata
Maurice Gardner continues to turn out important ,ompositions forthe Viola. IUs latest is ent itled IIMicrolo~U811 Sonata for Viola anqPiano. Gardner explains that the title isis tribute tc>tfie I1tn-century treatise Micrologus by Guido dtArezzo, one of the great teachersand innovators in musical theory. The Sonata is cast in four movements:Malta Marcato, Intermezzo, Tranquillo, .and Allegro Assai.
Mozart Viola Concerto
Leopold Mozart , father of Wolfgang, wrote a s tuo_ent work thatteachers can use if their pupil is not yet reaay for the TelemannConcerto. It is Concerto in D Major for Viola and Orchestra,Edition Eulenburg (1977). !fhe manuscript was recently found in the~enedlct1ne Seminary of Seitenstetten, Austria. The title of themanuscript states that the Concerto can be playeo on either theViola or the tromboneo It is concievable that this piece was playedby the youna Wolfgango
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